<span>Propulsion and future fuels</span>

ABB to deliver power and automation packages to Indian ferries
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ABB to deliver power and automation packages to Indian ferries

ABB has signed a contract with Cochin Shipyard to deliver an integrated power and automation package to an Indian shipowner for two new passenger ferries. The 1,200 passenger vessels, to be delivered in 2020 will feature generators, main switchboards, transformers, the power management and propulsion control systems, propulsion motors and drives, and an integrated alarm,...

Van Oord selects Shell to provide fleet-wide lubrication services
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Van Oord selects Shell to provide fleet-wide lubrication services

Van Oord has signed a five-year partnership agreement with Shell Marine that covers the lubrication requirements for its entire fleet of vessels. Van Oord will use Shell Marine’s LubeMonitor 4T programme to minimise lubrication feed rates and oil consumption. This will reduce overuse of lubrication oil, lowering costs and increasing efficiency. As part of the...

BC Ferries converts vessel to operate using LNG
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BC Ferries converts vessel to operate using LNG

The ABS-classed Spirit of British Columbia, one of two ferries that will use liquefied natural gas (LNG) as fuel, has finished conversion and is back in operation for BC Ferries of Canada. “The conversion of these vessels to operate on LNG is an important milestone for BC Ferries and the region, supporting more efficient and...

LR and SWS to develop LNG-fuelled bulk carrier
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LR and SWS to develop LNG-fuelled bulk carrier

Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS) and Lloyd’s Register (LR) have agreed to jointly develop a liquefied natural gas (LNG) dual-fuelled Newcastlemax 210K DWT bulk carrier design. SWS has produced the design and updated it to incorporate LNG propulsion, based on their existing conventional 210K DWT bulk carrier. LR has provided assistance and support for the LNG...

Hempel reaches milestone with 1000th antifouling application
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Hempel reaches milestone with 1000th antifouling application

Hempel has applied its antifouling coating, Hempaguard, to more than 1000 ships to date, totalling a combined bunker saving of USD 400m and a reduction in CO2 emissions of more than three million tonnes per year. Hempel claims its antifouling coating achieves six per cent fuel savings over the entre docking interval. The coating prevents...

Kalmar to deliver autonomous equipment for Yara Birkeland
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Kalmar to deliver autonomous equipment for Yara Birkeland

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, and Yara have entered into an agreement in which Kalmar will deliver fully autonomous equipment, software, and services for the development of the autonomous electric container handling vessel, the Yara Birkeland. The equipment and software will be delivered to Yara’s Porsgrunn facility in Norway, with delivery expected for completion in the...

I-Tech joins the Clean Shipping Index
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I-Tech joins the Clean Shipping Index

Swedish company I-Tech and manufacturer of Selektope, the organic, biocide-free antifouling ingredient used to repel barnacle larvae from ships’ surfaces, has become a member of the Clean Shipping Index (CSI). Joining the not-for-profit organisation, I-Tech will encourage shipowners and operators to make environmentally responsible decisions regarding antifouling coatings, based on CSI’s holistic labelling system. This...

Fjord1 ferries to be powered by Corvus energy storage systems
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Fjord1 ferries to be powered by Corvus energy storage systems

Corvus Energy has been selected by Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) to supply lithium-ion battery based energy storage system (ESS) for two news all-electric ferries being built by Havyard for Norwegian ferry operator Fjord1. The two new ferries will operate on the Magerholm-Sykkylven route. Three other ferries were ordered in November 2017 for Fjord1 that will...

Kawasaki launches energy-efficient bulk carrier
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Kawasaki launches energy-efficient bulk carrier

Kawasaki Heavy Industries has launched the sixth of its energy efficient bulk carriers. The 55,000 DWT Amis Nature bulk carrier has been developed by Kawasaki and will be outfitted at the Kobe Works quay before being delivered to Wisdom Marine Group in August 2018. The vessel features an ME-B energy-saving main diesel engine with electronic...

Wärtsilä receives 100th order of LNGPac system
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Wärtsilä receives 100th order of LNGPac system

Wärtsilä’s LNGPac fuel gas supply system has been chosen for installation to two new shuttle tankers for Singapore-based AET, marking the 100th order of the systems. The tankers will feature Wärtsilä’s 34DF dual-fuel auxiliary engines, which will run primarily on liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel and will be fitted with LNGPac units. Wärtsilä LNGPac comprises...

LR-led research suggests biofuel may be the best option for zero-emissions shipping
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LR-led research suggests biofuel may be the best option for zero-emissions shipping

Biofuels may be the most feasible low-cost zero-emission fuel for some shipowners and operators in a post-2030 shipping industry, finds latest research. In a report prepared by Lloyd’s Register (LR) and the University Maritime Advisory Services (UMAS) for the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI), the most likely cost-effective alternatives to fossil fuels including hydrogen fuel cells,...

Hydrex sees rise in number of underwater propeller cone fin installations
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Hydrex sees rise in number of underwater propeller cone fin installations

Belgium-based underwater repair and maintenance solutions provider, Hydrex, has seen an increase in the number of fuel-saving propeller cones fitted to cargo and container ships during operation over the last few months. Propeller caps can decrease fuel consumption from 3-5 per cent by recovering energy loss of a propeller hub vortex in the propeller’s slipstream....